The Obligatory Thanksgiving Post

Okay, I know not everyone who reads here is American, but I live in the country, and I’ve decided that I like the idea of a national holiday dedicated (at least in theory) to giving thanks. To looking at the many things that are good in our lives and being grateful for them.

Of course, with all the accumulation of other bits and pieces it’s necessary to peel back quite a few layers to get to the core of Thanksgiving, which is precisely that. Yes, it’s a glorified harvest festival, and yes, this year said harvest festival for me will be happening under who knows how much snow (I scraped two inches off the car before I left work, and shoveled close to that much off the drive when I got home. I don’t know how much has fallen since).

I still have plenty to be thankful for.

I’m finally emerging from what I think has been several years worth of burnout-induced depression. This means I’m actually doing more than the bare minimum necessary to keep the house together, and other things are starting to reawaken as well. The fact that it’s taken nearly 2 years in a different job says how bad the last one was. Hell, yes, I’m thankful for that.

The community here and over at According to Hoyt is wonderful, and has given me lots of fun and interesting discussions. I’m thankful you all seem to think I’m worth paying attention to. It helps to keep me going through some of the bad times.

The Husband (at risk of exploding sap-ometers across the planet) has always been a rock-solid support for me.

I’m thankful I’ve had twenty good years with Her Royal Fluffiness, and even though it’s going to be hard as hell to say goodbye when the cancer wins, it’s not going to outweigh the joy she’s brought in the time she’s been with me. From the itty-bitty kitten who could sit on the palm of my hand to the elderly lady everyone at the vet clinic adores, she’s had a good life, and her last few months involve being spoiled rotten so she can enjoy them as much as possible.

I’m thankful for the growth of independent publishing that’s breaking the stranglehold trad publishing had in the past. Thankful too that there are people who are willing to speak the non-PC truths and have their reputations shredded. I don’t exactly have a reputation, so it’s not that big a deal for me, but some of the folks who’ve been speaking up can be hurt by the kind of demonization (I am not going to ask why the spell-checker thinks this should be “demonetization”) that seems to go along with questioning the PC and glitter.

What are you thankful for?


  1. I’m thankful for all the people I’ve ever known. Even the worst of them. They flavor my life and turn up in so many of my characters.

    I’m especially thankful for my husband and kids. I owe a lot of my current happiness to them.

    I’m thankful to still have my parents, even though I know it won’t be for much longer.

    I’m thankful for the internet, it has expanded my pool of friends, made Indy publishing possible, increased the books available for me to buy and read, given me new news channels, new opinions, new awareness of the world.

    Aww! Turkey day, I just want to hug the whole world.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to all. And remember, it isn’t Thanksgiving until someone loses an eyebrow….

  3. At the risk of entering forbidden territory on this day of Thanksgiving, let me suggest that being thankful for things — and I have many things to be thankful for — indicates that you are thankful TO someone. The part we usually forget on this day, while going about our “harvest festival” activities, is WHO is that SOMEONE? The Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers at the time of the Revolution and Lincoln at the time of the Civil War were all very specific about the WHO. Being specific on the WHO is what makes the difference between a true Thanksgiving Day and a harvest festival.

  4. I’m thankful no one’s shooting at me. I’m thankful on the days I’m not at my job that I have a job. But really, thanks guys for being an awesome community, both here and at ATH, that makes both the writing and the publishing a lot more friendly endeavour as we’re not going it alone.

    Now I just need to stop procrastinating and write a blurb.

  5. I second Be Swift. I can’t tell you how many TV shows have announced that Thanksgiving means family, but that’s just a part of it. From the Pilgrims to Lincoln, Thanksgiving was to acknowledge the one that provides for us and cares for us.
    I guess admitting that would generate lawsuits.

    1. I’m thankful for Canadians. It just wouldn’t be the same world without Canadians.

      Glad you’re up there keeping that engine of capitalism running!

  6. In a way, we can be thankful for William Bradford, governor of the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims started with communal farming pre-Marx. (Perhaps expecting the angels to do the work) No crops, almost starved to death. Governor Bradford discarded the idea and instituted private property. You get to eat what you sow, and likewise not for them that don’t. They had a bountiful harvest that fall, hence Thanksgiving. As a Christian, I give thanks to He that provides the raw material; but, hope to never forget the hand behind the the plow.
    On why I’m thankful, many things; but, on this site, the best thing I can answer to is that being asocial and interested in things deeper than thin skin opinions, I find very few people to associate with. On MGC and ATH I can relate and comment freely. If I’m wrong (frequently) I will get a deserved slap down. A slap down based on knowledge though and usually backed with fact to prove it. On the other hand, I know that if I say something right, it is usually confirmed by the host or another commenter. Then, there is the new knowledge I gain, more than once from more than one commenter adding to and expanding the core information. That is rare, rare indeed and I appreciate all of you for being who you are.

  7. Family, friends, and the freedom to travel to see both and to give thanks to the Giver. And that someone else is doing 80% of the cooking this year. 😉

  8. This community, here and over at AtH and beyond, for this community I am deeply grateful.

    1. This. And that especially includes all the advice and encouragement I’ve gotten from everyone. Sure, I’ve only got a novelette on Amazon and a fantasy short that didn’t win the contest to show for it this year, but I doubt I would have had that much without everyone else showing that it could be done.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to all here. Including her royal fluffiness. I lost one to cancer and one to kidney failure this year. All I can say is the joy they brought to my life is so much more than the sorrow of parting. Blessings and best wishes.

  10. I’m thankful for arguments and people to argue with. I’m thankful for Americans, a cussed and contrary folk, mostly cranks, who it has been a joy and a challenge to grow up among. I’m thankful for problems to solve, that don’t solve themselves.

    Tonight I am in a better emotional place than I was earlier this week. Tonight many things seem more tractable than before. Tonight I have much to be grateful for, and I don’t have my head too far up my rear to see it.

  11. This year I am thankful for the opportunity to be thankful.

    I am thankful for the knowledge of and freedom to be both a USAian and a Christian.

    I am thankful for The Spouse and The Daughter, and all too many people to mention by name, including those have claimed me as part of their family.

    God has blessed me greatly, in part through you all. Thank you.

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